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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)

If you are looking to build on the skills you’ve developed at the undergraduate level, the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is an APAC-accredited course that deepens your understanding of human behavior while preparing you for a successful career as a registered psychologist.

Want to explore exciting new areas of psychology and take a big step towards full registration as a psychologist?

For students on the path to becoming a registered psychologist, who also want to learn from leaders in the field and build professional networks, the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) ticks all the right boxes. It’s accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), which means you can apply for provisional registration as a psychologist as soon as you complete the course and meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). It is also a pathway towards further postgraduate study, which you’ll need for full registration. Plus, postgraduate psychology at Deakin has reputation for teaching quality and is ranked number 1 in Victoria for student satisfaction*, so you can be confident you are joining a program that empowers you to be your best. The course can be studied on campus or online, giving you the flexibility to achieve your goals on your schedule.

Throughout the course, you will build new skills that allow you to provide better advice, interventions, and treatments to clients. Discover a range of advanced psychological assessment methods and gain a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to formulate a psychological opinion in casework. One of the units, Client-Centred Skills in Practice, gives you the opportunity to learn about these applied techniques and how they could be used with clients in mental health settings.

Campus Information

Burwood

The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Located in the heart of Geelong, the Geelong Waterfront Campus has spectacular views of the bay. Used as wool stores in the 19th century, this campus has been renovated to create an impressive, modern space that offers an inspiring study environment. The unique mix of old and new allows for engaging and creative spaces, and its central location means students can visit Geelong’s central business district between classes. In 2019 a new ferry travelling between Melbourne and Geelong was launched. The ferry offers a comfortable and convenient mode of transport. It docks a short walk from the Geelong Waterfront Campus. Train and bus services are also regularly available between Geelong and Melbourne.

Intakes

  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 4

Application Process

Offer outcome
7 Days
Visa application outcome
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

This course is a pathway towards APAC-accredited master and doctoral-level courses that lead to registration as a psychologist. Areas of practice endorsement in psychology include:

  • clinical psychology (available at Deakin)
  • clinical neuropsychology
  • organizational psychology (available at Deakin)
  • sport and exercise psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • counseling psychology
  • community psychology

Working as a generalist psychologist might involve:

  • family therapy
  • rehabilitation counseling
  • psychological assessment

Not looking to become a registered psychologist? You will still have a broad and exciting range of career opportunities to explore when you graduate from this course. Your deep understanding of psychological assessment methods combined with your client-centered approach to practice will equip you for roles in:

  • community welfare and case management
  • human resources
  • mental health rehabilitation
  • public health
  • youth support
  • disability services

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Applicants seeking entry into a graduate certificate or graduate diploma program must have successfully completed:

  • an approved undergraduate degree, or comparable, from an approved university or other educational institution; or
  • comparable qualifications gained by examination or relevant professional or industry experience. 

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.